Charles Damiano (My YouTube Journey as a Bruce Lee Collector):

The Secrets of Bruce Lee’s Kung-Fu book is discussed and featured in this episode coupled with Bruce Lee film clips and a special Bruce Lee rare photo gallery to end the show! Enjoy this episode on this Bruce Lee vintage book from 1974!

Charles Damiano (My YouTube Journey as a Bruce Lee Collector):

What’s up, guys?! In this episode, I’ll be putting out a very rare and vintage magazine that came out 1974 on Bruce Lee that you don’t want to miss, and it’s coming right up.

What’s up, guys?! Charles Damiano back from the Bruce Lee collection for another exciting episode of Bruce Lee show and tell. In this episode, I pulled something out from my Bruce Lee collection and it’s a vintage magazine that I picked up when I was 15 years old back in 1974. And I was thumbing through my collection earlier today, I found this magazine which I was very excited about because I have over 5,000 Bruce Lee items in my collection. So, when I stumbled across this one, it really brought back some great memories. I think I purchased it either from Bok Lei Tat, which was an Asian martial arts store in Canal street, in Chinatown, in New York City, back in the early 70s…

Charles Damiano (My YouTube Journey as a Bruce Lee Collector):

…or one of the news stands that I used to buy all my Bruce Lee magazines and books from. But in any case, it’s this book. And I love to hear if you, guys, have this in your collection. It’s called ‘The Secrets of Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu’. And I’m going to take it out of this plastic bag and I’m really excited to find this book because, again, it’s over forty-five years old and it was one of the first books that I picked up on Bruce Lee. And, again, you have to remember, back in that time in early ’73, ’74, when he just passed away, there was not a lot of material coming out on Bruce Lee. I remember the first magazine that I picked up outside of this one was fighting stars magazine which we featured in another episode which I’ll feature in the description above. But this book is really special because you didn’t see a lot of these. And, again, it was printed in 1974 by Kung Fu Print Incorporated and it was by Chun Bun Poui who put this book out on Bruce Lee back then. It was printed in the United States, and again, it was printed in 1974. And it really has some incredible photos on Bruce Lee which I’ll thumb through so you, guys, get a glimpse of how they put magazines together back in 1974 – a far cry on how they do it now because everything now is on high-quality paper, in color, very thick, you know, the best quality. And back then, this looks like just regular kind of typing paper and everything’s in black and white in this book. And, you know, it’s just hard to find almost on Bruce Lee anything back then.

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So, I was fortunate enough to find this. Here you go, with a photo opening up which says, ‘Bruce Lee, 1940-1973.’ And then as you flip through the magazine, again, it gives you an introduction on Bruce Lee and then it goes into some Bruce Lee international superstar posters of all the movies that he made. And as you flip through the magazine, you’ll see Bruce Lee again, 1940-1973. Here with Linda Lee, some shots at the bottom of Bruce, his famous JKD symbol, the Yin Yang symbol. And then it goes into some of his movies. You got ‘Fist of Fury,’ ‘Chinese Connection.’ Always great seeing Bruce put his hair slicked back in some behind the scenes photos that he was taken on that set. I heard the reason he didn’t use the slicked back hair is because his hair was so fine that they couldn’t keep it back. So, when they shot the movie, it was just the hairdo which you saw where it’s more in front of his face more, kind of just hanging down as opposed to more of this kind of DA look which he tried to go for in ‘Chinese Connection.’

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So, I’d love to hear if you, guys, heard anything different about his hairdo and why they went with the hair down look as opposed to the pushed back hair in the comments. So, please chime in if you heard something different than what I just explained. Here’s some couple of images of him and Bob Baker just kind of having some fun on the set, Bruce Lee doing some flying kicks towards Bob Baker. Here he is in his famous pose with Chuck Norris from ‘Way of the Dragon.’ And, again, just a very interesting book, the way they put this together in all black and white photos on Bruce Lee. Here’s some more in ‘Way of the Dragon,’ and Chuck Norris. Again, here he is, leaning against the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The great thing about ‘Way of the Dragon’ is he visited all the famous sites in Rom which made that movie so intriguing. Obviously, the Roman Coliseum where he had that big battle scene with Chuck Norris, which in my opinion, is one of the best fight scenes that ever was produced on screen. And again, here he is leaning against the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here he is with Chuck Norris in that famous battle scene where he’s just letting loose a number of round kicks on Chuck, I think five in a row, he gives within like two seconds flat.

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The speed that he had was just simply amazing. And here he is with more shots of Bruce with Chuck Norris in ‘Way of the Dragon.’ And here we go to ‘Enter the Dragon.’ Here he is at the bottom coordinating a fight scene with Angela Mao, the famous fight scene where they’re trying to chase it down and obviously, Bob Wall, because she slits his face, was not very happy with that. And we know what the outcome of that was. Here, Bruce is in ‘Game of Death,’ again, a film that wasn’t complete before he passed away and wasn’t really happy with the version that came out but I did love ‘A Warrior’s Journey’ that was put out a number of years later after finding, you know, an hour of footage of Bruce Lee fighting. Obviously, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Danny Inosanto, and the Korean Kato guy…

Charles Damiano (My YouTube Journey as a Bruce Lee Collector):

“…which turned out, in my opinion, to be an incredible, probably one of the best, documentaries on Bruce Lee. So, if you haven’t picked up ‘A Warrior’s Journey,’ please do so. I believe I have a link in the description below to get to all Bruce Lee DVDs that you could pick up on Blu-Ray. And ‘Warrior’s Journey’ is one of them, and I would recommend that highly. Here he is in behind the scenes of ‘Game of Death.’ And again, you have some more great shots from ‘Game of Death.’ As we thumb through this magazine, some more on ‘Game of Death.’ And then you switch over to this ‘Traditional Warrior.’ And this is always intriguing when I see these photos because this was actually a photoshoot that Bruce did while filming the ‘Big Boss.’ He took a break and did this ‘Traditional Warrior’ outfit test shots that we see so often with him holding a lot of weapons, fans, axes, double swords. This would have just been an incredible movie if he ever made this for, I believe it was going to be the Shaw brothers at the time. And here, they feature some of those shots.

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Here he is with the axe and the fan, the deadly fan that I told you, guys, about. And here he is in more shots in the ‘Traditional Warrior’ outfit that he was doing a test shoot for which would just have been an incredible movie if this ever got produced because, as we know, Bruce, when he takes out weapons in any of his films, it’s always so intriguing because you never know how he’s going to use them. You know he’s going to be doing something great in the screen, like he did with his nun chucks, his double stick in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ the staff, and he just always tries to top his scenes when he introduces new weapons. And I know, this film would have just been phenomenal. So, let me know, guys, what you think, how this film would have turned out if Bruce every completed the ‘Traditional Warrior’ costume film that he was supposed to make. Again, here he is in some more scenes with Angela Mao. We know he was very good friends with Angela Mao. He put her in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and then he was always coordinating some of her scenes with her in ‘When Taekwondo Strikes’ and ‘Lady Kung Fu.’ And Bruce is really involved and a lot of his close friends at that time in Hong Kong…

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…and he was always on the sets because he was coordinating a lot of fight scenes for them at that time, between making his own movies. So, he was really putting himself out there in the film industry at that time. And here he is with the double nun chucks from ‘Return of the Dragon,’ where he introduced the double nun chucks for the first time which is just amazing. Again, more scenes from ‘Game of Death’. I love these outdoor scenes from the ‘Game of Death’ which you don’t really see in any of the footage. And I know, there’s probably film out there on this. If any of you, guys, have film on Bruce on the outdoor scenes, I’d love to see it. I know it’s been long sought after and fans and collectors from around the world if there’s any outdoor footage of Bruce coordinating these fight scenes with Danny Inosanto. Right now, what we see is usually some stills on there. But I know there’s some footage of Bruce out there and hopefully, one day, it will be put out for the fans and collectors like us.

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Here’s Yip Man, who Bruce studied Wing Chun with in the early days, which was the first kung fu style that he picked up from probably age 13 to about 18, 19, before he came to the United States and before he started developing his own fighting version which we all know is Jeet Kun Do or JKD. Here he is doing a one hand chi sao with Yip Man. So, again, very interesting book. Here he is in traditional warrior costume, which you guys have seen before. These looks like it came from his book that he put out, ‘Chinese Kung Fu,’ the philosophical art of self-defense, which I have in original copy in my collection and which I put out in an episode on. And if you, guys, missed that, I will include that up above as well. By clicking the link, you’ll see that episode on this great book that he put out back in 1963 and only 500 copies were printed. Let me know if you have that book in your collection. Again, another rare piece that I’m sure fans and collectors would love to hear about that out there. And I know some of them are looking to purchase that book. So, if any of yours are for sale, please chime in on the comments and see what collectors may want to pick that book up from you.

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Again, just some more great shots of Bruce Lee. And in ending the magazine, this beautiful, very vintage magazine, it just ends with Bruce Lee in a couple of shots with Unicorn Chan, over here to the right. Then over here, you see his funeral, saying ‘Farewell to the little dragon,’ which was a very sad time for everyone. Again, ‘Farewell to the little dragon,’ some ending scenes of Bruce from ‘Enter the Dragon,’ ‘Big Boss,’ and ‘Chinese Connection.’ And then a beautiful back cover on some scenes of Bruce just kind of casually chilling out. So, again, I love this magazine. It’s been in my collection for about forty-five years. I only have one copy. Love to hear if you, guys, have this in your collection. Again, it’s called, ‘The Secrets of Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu,’ put out in the United States in 1974. I hope you, guys, enjoyed me thumbing through this rare and vintage magazine. Let me know you have this in your collection. Let me know if you haven’t seen this before. Again, I was surprised when I found this because I forgot I even had it as I was thumbing through a lot of my magazines. And I’m glad I featured this today. So, please comment. Let us know what you thought of this episode. Let us know what you thought of this magazine. Let me know if you have this in your collection. Please like the video if you enjoyed this. Give it a thumbs up. And for those of you who are new to the channel, please remember to subscribe by hitting the subscribe button below. And once again, Charles Damiano, thanking each and every one of you out there every Friday, signing off from the Bruce Lee collection, saying, ‘Have fun collecting.’




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